Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)
The three strands of CAS, which are often interwoven with particular activities, are characterized as:
- Creativity – arts, and other experiences that involve creative thinking
- Activity – physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle, complementing academic work elsewhere in the DP
- Service – an unpaid and voluntary exchange that has a learning benefit for the student. The rights, dignity and autonomy of all those involved are respected.
In order to demonstrate these concepts, students are required to undertake a CAS Project. The project challenges students to:
- show initiative
- demonstrate perseverance
- develop skills such as collaboration, problem solving and decision making.
CAS enables students to enhance their personal and interpersonal development by learning through experience. It provides opportunities for self-determination and collaboration with others, fostering a sense of accomplishment and enjoyment from their work. At the same time, CAS is an important counterbalance to the academic pressures of the Diploma Programme.